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Last Updated: Wednesday, 18 June, 2003, 12:24 GMT 13:24 UK
Facts and figures of Beckham deal
David Beckham in the spotlight again
Beckham is rarely out of the spotlight
Real Madrid's 24.5m deal to land England captain David Beckham is not the first time they have spent big to land one of the game's superstars.

The Spanish giants have already shown their ambitions to rule the world of football by breaking the bank the last four summers to lure some of the biggest names in the game.

  • In 1999 they paid Arsenal 23.5m for French striker Nicolas Anelka, but despite helping them conquer Europe he never fulfilled his potential and was offloaded to Paris St Germain a year later for 20m.

  • Not to be put off they bought Portuguese midfielder Luis Figo from bitter rivals Barcelona for a then-world record 37m in 2000.

  • In 2001 Real broke their own record by paying Juventus 47.5m for French midfield maestro Zinedine Zidane.

  • Ronaldo was next on Real's hit-list and he made the switch from Inter Milan for 28.5m after helping Brazil lift the 2002 World Cup.

    Beckham's transfer fee of 25m is relatively small in comparison to those paid for Figo and Zidane.

    And it will be four years before Man Utd see the full benefits of the sale of their star midfielder.

    1. Zinedine Zidane - 47.5m
    Juventus-Real (July 2001)
    2. Luis Figo - 37m
    Barcelona-Real (July 2000)
    3. Hernan Crespo - 35m
    Parma-Lazio (July 2000)
    4. Gianluigi Buffon - 32.6m Parma-Juventus (July 2001)
    5. Christian Vieri - 32m
    Lazio-Inter Milan (June 1999)
    6. Gaizka Mendieta - 29m
    Valencia-Lazio (July 2001)
    7. Rio Ferdinand - 30m
    Leeds-Man Utd (July 2002)
    8. Ronaldo - 28.5m
    Inter Milan-Real (August 2002)
    9. Juan Veron - 28.1m
    Lazio-Man Utd (July 2001)
    10. Rui Costa - 28m
    Fiorentina-AC Milan (July 2001)
    16. Beckham - 24.5m
    Man Utd-Real (June 2003)

    The way the transfer fee breaks down means Real will only pay 5.25m initially.

    They will then pay annual instalments over the next four years amounting to 12.25m.

    The final 7m is incentive-based on Real's performance in the Champions League over the next four seasons.

    Each time Real make it into Europe's premier trophy they will pay another 875,000, and they will pay a further 875,000 if they reach the quarter-final stages of the competition.

    Beckham's weekly wage is reportedly anything between 90,000 and 120,000.

    Along with his pop star wife Victoria the couple are said to be worth a combined 50m.

    And Beckham's personal fortune is likely to grow significantly with his move to Real Madrid.

    His various sponsorship deals are only likely to be enhanced by his move to the continent.

    Both soft drinks company Pepsi and sports manufacturers adidas are sponsors of Real already, while his deals with the likes of retailers Marks and Spencer will no doubt be enhanced by the exposure of his move.

    A fan shows off his Beckham shirt
    Beckham's name sells shirts

    Beckham's last contract at Old Trafford was held up over a dispute about his image rights.

    He was paid 20,000-a-week out of his weekly wage of 90,000 in exchange for use of his image rights, although that did not include his personal sponsorship deals.

    But Beckham has agreed to Real's policy where they receive 50% of any deal he negotiates in the future.

    Appropriately enough Beckham's move was announced while he was on his way to the Far East for a promotional tour with his wife.

    His status as a huge sporting icon in Asia was thought to be a key factor in Real's pursuit, with his value in selling shirts and television rights as important as his abilities on the field.

    "Many fans in Asia watch a team because of the individual star players," said Samantha McCollum, a brand consultant.

    "When those players are transferred quite often they will swap allegiances to a club and they will follow the player."

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